How many events do you attend recognizing the veterans of the Spanish American War, Civil War, or even World War I? Very few, if any, right? Today, we are faced with the reality of diminishing living survivors of World War II, Korea and the Vietnam Era veteran.
As these pioneers in veterans programs and services disappear, so has the model of their traditional gathering places. As a woman veteran, attending meetings in an often smoke filled “post” location, offers little appeal. Even less desirable is the lack of involvement most of the organizations have with agencies other than their own.
While many of these agencies see a decrease in membership and involvement, on the rise is the Woman Veteran. As we grow in size and awareness, there has to be a service model that addresses our unique needs and has a contingency plan for our very bright future as a mainstay in American military and veteran affairs.
Zahara Veterans Village has been designed to service the needs of veterans today with the flexibility to adapt to the demands of tomorrow. Few people have seen the short and long term goals of this project, currently focused on addressing our biggest unmet need, housing. However, be assured that once the first facility is in place, the model will be recreated across cities and towns that seek to service their veterans in a sustainable fashion for centuries to come.
It is our duty to honor the veterans of the past, provide for the veterans of today, and prepare the veterans of tomorrow. And if the future really is female, her veterans will be members of Zahara Veterans Network, Inc. and her watering hole is Zahara Veterans Village. I invite you to join us, the quicker we build it; the faster they will come…